September 22, 2010

World Open Day Five

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:37 am

The Captain Crash Landed Yesterday

Yesterday for me stood out because of the number of below-par performances from players. Unfortunately we saw the end of the Captain’s flight and he himself admits to not playing well in his latest update of the highly popular Captain’s Log here.

But Ali did at least come up against an opponent who is bang in form in the shape of Mark Williams and I’d say he’d probably have beaten all the other players yesterday even below par, with the exception of Ding who played well against that jolly joker Jimmy Michie.

Of the others, even the winners didn’t play that well, Hendry did enough again but came up against a very off colour Mark Davis who according to one source in the know spent most of the previous night awake and vomiting having caught a bug off his kids. I think Stephen realises that he’s not in tip-top form and afterwards said “I’m hitting the ball well but what happens when you have no results behind you is that you lose composure. I took my eye off the object ball a couple of times when I should have won the frame in one visit”.

Stephen Lee should have hammered Nigel Bond who for most of the match looked like it was his first time on TV, but somehow Stevie nearly managed to lose. Peter Ebdon also crawled over the line against a spirited fightback from Fearless Fergal. But all in all for me it was a day of under-performance with the two notable exceptions.

In other shock news, Ronnie is threatening to quit again and told TalkSport  “I’m not going to change, I’ll never change. I was talking to Barry Hearn yesterday and I told him: ‘If you like, that can be my last game of snooker ever. I’m quite happy to walk away’ – and I mean that”. His full comments can be read here, but it’s getting to the point now where you could just cut and paste from his last retirement threat. He does however qualify his actions the other day, which have probably been blown out of all proportion, as his little one-man protest to Baz, not that he thinks he’s bigger than the sport of course.

In terms of the betting yesterday, not so good. It started with a correct score in the Williams match but that proved the highpoint with upsets in the shape of Bond and O’Brien faltering in deciders, so back to the drawing board today.

Morris: Big Ask.

RESULT: Neil Robertson 3-1 David Morris

First up today we have the World Champion against TV debutant Davy Morris. I am hearing some good reports about the Irishman and he recently beat Mark Williams, but it is a huge ask for him to win here and for me the best he can hope for is to give a good account of himself. I’ll take him to snatch a frame but Robbo to win 3-1 which is 12/5 at Corals.

RESULT: Ken Doherty 1-3 Barry Hawkins

These two have met 6 times with Ken holding a 4-2 advantage including a 10-1 win over the Hawk at the Crucible. But I was mightily impressed with Barry against Selby and will take him to send giggly Ken back to the commentary box, 3-1 again I think at 7/2 generally.

RESULT: James McBain 0-3 Ricky Walden

Scot McBain was responsible for Mark Allen in the qualifying cubicle in Sheffield but is also a newcomer to this kind of stage. I’m not sure about this one, Walden should win but it isn’t one I can go for with any conviction as he can be a little unreliable and if McBain has the wind in his sails he could well cause an upset. But I’ll play it safe and take Ricky to win 3-2 which is 7/2 with Stan James.

RESULT: Judd Trump 2-3 Stephen Maguire

A repeat of their recent Shanghai encounter which saw Maguire win 5-3 despite two centuries from young Juddly. If Judd can just tighten up his safety a bit I think he has the game to kick on this season. Maguire looked patchy in the first round so I’ll take young Judd to set off with a bang, I’ll take the 3-1 scoreline at 9/2 with Skybet.

RESULT: Martin Gould 3-0 Matthew Couch

The bookies are taking no chances on the Pinner Potter here who is plenty short enough in their books. But I have to agree and can’t see anything other than a win for Gould here, if he’s on his game this one could be over quite quickly so I’ll take a chance he is and go for the 3-0 scoreline at 7/2 with Skybet.

The mad accumulator today pays a meagre 1355/1 with Corals whereas the altogether more sensible option of a roll up on the five winners pays over 8/1 at Boylesports.

Good Luck if Playing.

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